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A Short History of the Movies

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The ninth edition of A Short History of the Movies continues the tradition-scrupulously accurate in its details, up-to-date, free of jargon-that has made it the most widely adopted textbook for college courses in film history, and now includes a fresh look at "Persistence of Vision" and a new chapter on digital cinema. This volume offers students a panoramic overview of th ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published April 2nd 2005 by Longman (first published January 1st 1981)
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John
Feb 13, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
This is the best single-volume history of film I have ever come across. I re-read it regularly. The sections on the birth and early years of cinema are essential reading for any film buff, and the in-depth analyses of key films are full of original insights. I have the 4th Edition, published in 1986 and written by Gerald Mast. Later editions (the 11th came out in 2011) were authored by Bruce Kawin, after Mast died of AIDS in 1988, at age 48.
Chrissy
Probably one of the best textbooks I've read. The fascinating subject matter helps, of couse, but Mast and Kawin offer a superb overview of the entire history of cinema, from its very beginnings to the present day. Aside from wishing that asian cinema were more thoroughly explored, I have no complaints. I recommend this book to any film enthusiasts; I'm not a film student myself, and I loved the read (it introduced me to a lot of great movies, too).
Darrell
Dec 30, 2013 Darrell rated it liked it
This book is okay. The author has really done his homework. The reader is directed to many interesting points.
Yvette Bustamante
Mar 24, 2009 Yvette Bustamante rated it really liked it
dense with info on u.s and foreign film history. though the book can read a bit dry at times it has taught me most of what i know about the great and the good films out there :)
Terry
Jan 31, 2009 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
Required reading for me in a film appreciation class at university, this is a nice benchmark for anyone interested in studying film.
Ke
May 04, 2012 Ke rated it really liked it
Like many History books, the authors may have emphasized some events/films more than others. But, overall, they were quite concise.
Bridget
Oct 18, 2010 Bridget rated it really liked it
Comprehensive and understandable. I still find myself referring to this book often.
Derek Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting trivia plus some more erudite analytical stuff.
Michael Clayton
Apr 01, 2007 Michael Clayton rated it it was amazing
A good place to start for anyone interested in film history.
Lisa
May 07, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short history of the movies by Gerald Mast (1986)
Nick Livanos
Aug 08, 2012 Nick Livanos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my only book on cinema history, so I like it.
Kylos
Jul 03, 2007 Kylos rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: the mildly curious and the horribly obsessive
you'll feel full for sure if you finish this meal.
Nicole
Apr 10, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So informative. Read it for a class and learned a lot!
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